Definition of ruination noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˌruːɪˈneɪʃn//
; NAmE NAmE//ˌruːɪˈneɪʃn//
[uncountable] (formal)
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the process of destroying something/somebody or being destroyed synonym destruction Urban development has led to the ruination of vast areas of countryside. Alcohol will be the ruination of him. Word Originmid 17th cent.: from obsolete ruinate + -ion.
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